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Geisterfaust

Control

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Geisterfaust
Posted (edited)

Control

 

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After a secretive agency in New York is invaded by an otherworldly threat, you become the new Director struggling to regain Control.

From developer Remedy Entertainment, this supernatural 3rd person action-adventure will challenge you to master the combination of supernatural abilities, modifiable loadouts, and reactive environments while fighting through a deep and unpredictable world.

Key features

Control is Jesse Faden's story. The main plot focuses on her personal search for answers as she grows into the role of the Director. The world of Control has its own story, as do the allies Jesse meets along the way. Side-quests and Secrets are everywhere. Jesse works with other Bureau agents, decodes cryptic ciphers and discovers strange Bureau experiments.

WORLD WITHIN A LOCATION
Explore diverse environments and shifting architecture in a deep unpredictable world, set within a sprawling New York building.

FLEXIBLE AND SUPERNATURAL COMBAT SYSTEM
Define your playstyle by integrating supernatural abilities, upgrades, and modifiable loadouts.

REACTIVE ENVIRONMENTS
Harness dynamic environmental destruction for exciting combat possibilities and master complex rituals to alter your surroundings.

REALITY MEETS THE UNEXPLAINABLE
Dive into a dark and brutalist-inspired world where daily reality has been corrupted by an otherworldly force.

 

 

 

I've decided to create a topic, since I have a lot of respect for Remedy games after Max Payne and Alan Wake. My initial impressions are that Remedy are back at their feet with this thing: dark, sinister, unique, but with a familiar signature that could be easily recognised by the fans of Alaw Wake series. Gameplay is quite interesting and graphically this thing is quite serious, it's the only game I've played that was able to at least try to melt my Asus Strix 1080 Ti in 1080p with V-sync enabled.

 

Character models are absolutely photorealistic and the world is semi-destructable. I'm still at the beginning of the game, but I can definitely recommend it if you have played and liked Alan Wake.

Edited by hei3enberg

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Static

Just another game i gotta wait a 6 months to a year to play, even though i got a key when i bought my 2070s

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Jason

Games from devs of this size are potentially sort of shooting them selves in the foot by going EGS exclusive cause players who wait for the Steam release will probably end up waiting for discounts as well. I hope the Fortnite money is worth it.

 

That aside, game looks dope tbh, gonna need to upgrade my PC before I pick it up though I think. Love the cosmic horror vibes it has and some of the gifs I've seen of the destruction are 🤤

 

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Geisterfaust
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9 hours ago, Jason said:

Games from devs of this size are potentially sort of shooting them selves in the foot by going EGS exclusive cause players who wait for the Steam release will probably end up waiting for discounts as well. I hope the Fortnite money is worth it.

That's a very bad move indeed. On the official website it's only listed as available on PC in US. Considering that Remedy are Finns it's absolutely laughable. Epic is so bad that I've heard about people in Switzerland who have pirated Epic-exclusive games and wrote e-mails to the developers asking them to charge their credit cards for the game later (local laws are kind of flexible there, especially in some cantons).

9 hours ago, Jason said:

That aside, game looks dope tbh, gonna need to upgrade my PC before I pick it up though I think. Love the cosmic horror vibes it has and some of the gifs I've seen of the destruction are 🤤

Recommended optimization settings:

Volumetric lighting MED-HIGH

Reflections LOW even for 1080 Ti

Anything else could be left on ultra without serious consequences. First two screenshots were made on all-ultra while using 1080 Ti at almost 2000 MHz, so yeah, reflections are melting GPUs.

 

Facial details and animations are amazing!

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Volumetric lighting and SSAO are making wonders in some scenes too:

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These levels are reminding me of the classical Max Payne bloodtrails levels, especially with the hissing sound instead of cries

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Weird weapon modifications are available plus you can basically use anything as a throwable weapon too.

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Billy Russo

This game looks generic and cool at the same time. I love the mechanics but from what I've seen the story doesn't seem to be anything special. Has a very Quantum Break feel to it, which also had a weak story. Looks a bit more interactive and interesting than Quantum Break though. This'll probably be something I pick up on sale.

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sivispacem

Beautiful graphics, ray tracing, impenetrable storyline, environmental destruction, great gunplay and lots of Lovecraft nods? Sign me up!

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Geisterfaust
4 hours ago, Billy Russo said:

This game looks generic and cool at the same time. I love the mechanics but from what I've seen the story doesn't seem to be anything special. Has a very Quantum Break feel to it, which also had a weak story. Looks a bit more interactive and interesting than Quantum Break though. This'll probably be something I pick up on sale.

That's exactly what my wife said when she watched me playing the thing. Random footage may look like quite a generic stuff, but when you're actually playing it, it's different and the sound adds a lot of sinister feel to it. Playing this thing on mute and in good headphones makes a difference. There's definitely Alan Wake DNA in this things can't tell anything about Quantum break since I have never played it. 

 

 

Day two it feels challenging at some places. A lot of missions and freedom to track them, increasing difficulty of the enemies is getting to me. There's infinite ammo with a short cooldown, but the health is not regenerating unless you're picking it up from the fallen enemies or checking it at the designated point. There's no manual saving, only checkpoints and the levels are claustrophobic enough to be similar to the RE 2 remake. Still figuring out personal and weapon upgrades. 

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Corndawg93

This game is f*cking awesome

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SonOfLiberty

I really like this game, BUT it's annoying when you die and you spawn back at the nearest fast travel point (or whatever they're called). I know it's a fairly small map, but it's a weird way of handling checkpoints IMO. Still enjoying the game though. I liked Quantum Break despite its mixed reviews and Alan Wake also.

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Geisterfaust
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5 hours ago, SonOfLiberty said:

I really like this game, BUT it's annoying when you die and you spawn back at the nearest fast travel point (or whatever they're called). I know it's a fairly small map, but it's a weird way of handling checkpoints IMO. Still enjoying the game though. I liked Quantum Break despite its mixed reviews and Alan Wake also.

Checkpoint system is weird and the lack of manual progress saving is a major downside IMO. At least we should be able to save the progress as we see fit.

 

Played a quick session, around half an hour before doing home stuff and I should say that I like it. Combat system is addictive and interesting. Can't figure why people are complaining about the controls, it's quite decent. Not DOOM smooth of course, but on the controller it's even more satisfying than on the KB. Some of the quests are fun and that janitor you will meet is absolutely boss.

 

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trip
Posted (edited)

I enjoy Remedy games so I picked this up last night.   I'll play this weekend.

 

It looks almost too much like Quantum Break but we'll see..

 

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I have a handful of hours in.

It is very much a Remedy game. 

I'll write a longer impression bit later.

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Geisterfaust
23 hours ago, trip said:

It looks almost too much like Quantum Break but we'll see..

I have somehow missed Quantum Break, but there's a lot of stuff that is similar to Alan Wake in the general mechanics, but unlimited ammo is absolutely amazing idea.

 

Characters are really remarkable:

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Especially this guy

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Quarry level should look gorgeous with ray tracing, I think

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Furry_Monkey

I just started playing this today and so far so good.  I've not played it for long but I'm hoping that combat gets better as it goes on.  I can shoot, throw sh*t at people and have just learned to evade.  The first real challenge, Tommasi, was an absolute pain in the arse.  I had about 10 attempts and died real quick every time, and then when I did finally kill him it seemed really simple.

 

I have to admit that I've found myself just running round thinking, "I'm meant to be doing what now?", but so far I've always found what I'm supposed to be doing.

 

It's odd, but so far it's fun.

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Edward Nashton

Just beat this game yesterday. Goddamn, I was not expecting how awesome it was going to be. I knew very little about the game coming in aside from knowing it was a Remedy joint. When I slowly began to realize it was an SCP inspired metroidvania game with Jedi powers and a robust physics engine, and some David Lynch style weirdness to top it all off (Ahti the janitor suspiciously bares a strong resemblance to him), holy sh*t, it was like this game was tailor made for me. I think I'm also done with all the side missions, which are incredible as well, and a lot of them end with a pretty awesome boss fight. 

 

My only strong complaint is that the difficulty spikes way up towards the very end, getting hit once by the heavier enemies damn near kills you and the check points are spread far apart. You have to go through two massive fights pretty much flawlessly, which is a bit disappointing because the game has some good boss fights, I don't know why they chose to end the game with a gauntlet run. The performance also takes a hit when the action goes bananas on the consoles, I bought this for the PS4 because my PC can't run the game with all the visuals turned up. I'm definitely buying this game again when I do upgrade, though. 

 

Aside from those two issues, this game is near perfect imo and is probably Remedy's best game since Max Payne 2. 

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Geisterfaust

@Edward Nashton, I agree about the difficulty. @Furry_Monkey is also right that most of the time you're experimenting and there are no tutorials and that makes the game feel very old school, most modern titles are mostly holding your hand all the time.

All the points about performance are true, I've played this thing recently on Asus 2080 Ti (1080p) and in some fights GPU is getting up to 70% of usage, while 1080 TI with the same settings will be around 90%. I wish optimization was better, because console players are really suffering.

 

6 hours ago, Edward Nashton said:

Aside from those two issues, this game is near perfect imo and is probably Remedy's best game since Max Payne 2. 

And, what's important, one of the most unique games on the market right now.

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DOUGL4S1

The game looks pretty good, but I couldn't stop thinking about Max Payne when watching the trailer.

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trip

It is very much like Quantum Break.  It does get a bit samey.  

 

I kinda half feel like they shoehorned in the female protag.

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Geisterfaust
5 hours ago, DOUGL4S1 said:

The game looks pretty good, but I couldn't stop thinking about Max Payne when watching the trailer.

Some of the levels are really getting you the same vibes as the Max Payne blood maze.

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